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O Sāmoa o se atunuu laitiiti lava. Mai le taimi muamua, e lua ni motu tetele sa faapena ona iai. O igoa la nei o Motu Sāmoa i Sisifo lea ua faaigoa o Sāmoa ma Sāmoa i Sasa'e lea, ua faaigoa ia American Sāmoa. O motu e valu o Sāmoa: Savaii, Upolu, Manono, Apolima, Nu'usafee, Fanuatapu, Nu'ulua, ma Nu'utele. E 180,000 le aofai o tagata i nonofo i totonu o Sāmoa.
The Independent State of Samoa is a country comprising a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Previous names were German Samoa from 1900 to 1919, and Western Samoa from 1914 to 1997. It was admitted to the United Nations on 15 December 1976 (UN members) as Samoa. It has maritime borders with ► Tuvalu, ► Tokelau, ► American Samoa, ► Tonga and ► Wallis and Futuna. The entire group was known as Navigators Islands before the 20th century because of the Samoans' seafaring skills. It has a population of 176,710 (2001 census)
This section holds maps of the administrative divisions.
Districs of Samoa
This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Samoa, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Samoa.
The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Samoa in 1772. On the islands exists the Kingdom of Samoa. In 1889 the Kingdom of Samoa becomes a kingdom under joint British-German-United States protectorate, from which the eastern part in 1899 is obtained by the United States. Out of these American possesions American Samoa is formed in 1912.
In 1962 Western Samoa becomes independent as the Independent State of Western Samoa, a traditional constitutional republic. President is Malietoa Tanumafili II, who is president for life since 1962. After his death the presidents will be elected.
This section holds copies of original general maps more than 70 years old.
Map of Samoa by George Cram 1896
Notes and references
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